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  • The only Iyeyasu Statue in Tokyo
    The only Iyeyasu Statue in Tokyo
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    Three basic rules in Meiji Shrine
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Japan Favorites

  • Foods and Products

    Tokyo Favorites

    1. I would like to drink something new, but many of Japan drink written in japanese only ,I don't know much of the ingredients detail.To solve the problem ..I just tried everything.This one looks nice,it's not really japan drink but it's Schweppes' ,but I saw this taste only in Japan so far.It's blood orange taste and with bubble.One good thing in...

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  • Cherry Blossoms

    Kyoto Favorites

    Cherry blossom viewing has been an important part of Japanese culture for hundreds of years, so naturally, many visitors to Japan want to experience this part of Japan and Kyoto is arguably the most popular place for foreigners to go! When the blossoms bloom always depends on the weather, but generally they begin to bloom around late March/early...

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  • temples & shrines

    Osaka Favorites

    This is one of the wooden statues found on either side of the main entrance into Shiittenoji Temple. These statues are at the entrances to all temples in Japan. They are guards placed to ward away evil spirits. Pilgrims will often place a pair of straw sandles on the gates for good luck on their travels.

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  • Shrines & Temples

    Nagoya Favorites

    The shops at Ossu-Kannon have some really great deals and some really unique stores. I found a complete kimono set for only about 10,000 yen (about $75 US). Just get off at the Kamemaezu or Ossu-Kannon stops on the tsurumai line. Hidaka matsuri (the naked festival) is the most insane celebration I have ever seen. It is a practice almost 1000 years...

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  • Shrines and Temples

    Tokyo Favorites

    The lucky charms in Japan can usually only be obtained at the shrines. They are usually categorized by the area of your wish such as “prosperous business”, “successful study”, “well-being of family”, "ward of evil" “fulfillment of love or wish for finding a partner”, etc. The small shrine in Ueno park charges 700 yen per charm whereas the bigger...

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  • Tourist Information Center

    Kyoto Favorites

    The Kyoto SGG Club,Goodwill Guide Volunteer Services of Kyoto, and the Rotary International District 2650 Club of Kyoto are giving away free maps to tourists in Kyoto. The map is in black and white and back to back. The tourist map can be taken at the Information Center at the Kyoto Station where you buy the bus tickets. The front page of the map...

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  • walking

    Osaka Favorites

    OSAKA often seems like it has no main centre and is an overwhelming maze of small streets and alleys. Although this is true - do not be shy about walking around Osaka, to where-ever the road takes you. You will always find your way back, and as safe a place as you can expect for a big city. My wife, Wendy, taking me down some backstreets to the...

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  • Managing Your Luggage

    Tokyo Favorites

    At Narita International Airport, delivery service counters will send luggage to your hotel the next day or from your hotel to the airport for about ¥2,000 for bags up to 20 kilograms . Coin-operated lockers are located at all major JR stations, such as Tokyo, Shinjuku, and Ueno, as well as at most subway stations. Lockers cost ¥300 to ¥700...

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  • City Districts

    Kyoto Favorites

    Depending on how many days you are staying in Kyoto, map out the places you are going to see. The temples are located in different areas: 1. Higashiyama Area - The attractions around this area includes Chionin Temple, Yasaka Shrine, Maruyama Park, Kodaiji Temple, Ryozen Kannon Temple, Yasaka Pagoda, Jishu Shrine, Kiyomizu Temple, Myohoin Temple,...

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  • Umeda Skybuilding

    Osaka Favorites

    After a walk up at the observatory, we came down and found this little resting place just beside the building. The little "park" was bloom with some flowers and thought they were nice & pretty so took some photos of it. After seeing lots of cherry blossoms of white & pink flowers, this mix of yellow & purple flowers were definately a welcome treat...

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  • People and Life

    Tokyo Favorites

    The Love Hotel is a Japanese institution, where harried lovers find alone time away from gossiping office colleagues or crowded multi-generational homes with paper-thin walls. To attract patrons away from traditional hotels, love hotels boast "funky" rooms: costumes for rent, appliances, cool electronics, karaoke and even slot machines! Most...

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  • World Heritage Sites

    Kyoto Favorites

    In 1994, 17 sites were together designated UNESCO Heritage sites under the title "Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto". This includes two sites in Uji (Byodoin Temple and Ujigami Shrine) and one in Otsu (Enryakuji Temple on Mount Hiei). The 14 sites found in Kyoto are: -Kiyomizu Temple -Shimogamo Shrine -Kamigamo Shrine -Koke-dera -Nishi Honganji...

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  • Kansai international airport

    Osaka Favorites

    While Kyoto represents the elegant past of Japan, Osaka being a modern city, offers the opposite Japanese experience. Osaka offers the hustling and bustling of a modern city; in fact it is so busy that it is all about making money: Osaka recorded a GDP greater than those of all but 8 countries in the world! Osaka also offers a chance to enjoy...

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  • Day Trip out of Tokyo

    Tokyo Favorites

    On my first visit I didnt have chance to visit Disneyland. So for 2nd visit, I took my kids to Disneyland and they love it!. So many things to do there. A lot of Disney characters, show, Disney Sea, Disney wolds and etc. You can get half price if you're a student. Sorry I dont remember how much I pay per entry.

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  • Internet Access

    Kyoto Favorites

    i found a nice place where you can use free internet, for an hour at a time..its "Campus Plaza" near the Kyoto station. if you exit the station on the north side, turn left and you will end up on a small street going between the station complex and a big building on your right, follow the street and when the street turns left, just around the...

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  • Sightseeing outside Osaka

    Osaka Favorites

    Take a short ride (35 min.) by shinkansen to Himeji and go see Himeji Castle. I really enjoyed the aquarium even though I was there during the earthquake. I think the earthquake just made it more memorable!

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  • How to Survive

    Tokyo Favorites

    It was hard to find a good category for this tip. It didn't fall under a warning or a danger or anything in particular. So I made this into a general tip. When pulling money from your bank card in Japan, the post offices are your best bet! Especially in Tokyo. It is hard to pull money from an ATM at a Lawsons or a 7-Eleven since these places...

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  • Pontocho

    Kyoto Favorites

    DONT BE SHY ABOUT TAKING PEOPLES PHOTOS. In politically correct Australia, we fear taking peoples photos. So I have to do it as candidly as possible. But in Japan, Kyoto in particular - it was more than welcome. Beautiful mountain scenes, shrines, temples, cherry blossoms, geishas, traditional dances, interesting monuments and all kinds of street...

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  • Dotombori

    Osaka Favorites

    Being at the busy and colorful streets in Dotonbori area at night is a real must. The colors of the advertising lights are bright and make the place so lively. It looks like more people like it because it is always busy on the streets of Dotonbori. There are many restaurants, bars and nightlife spots in the area. So don´t hesitate and visit...

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  • Getting Around

    Tokyo Favorites

    what makes police in tokyo unique is the Koban System wherein a Koban is a typically a two-storied housing with a couple of rooms with from one to more than ten police oficers. The officers in these buildings can keep watch, respond to emergencies, give directions, and otherwise interact with citizens on a more intimate basis than they could from a...

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  • Autumn Foliage

    Kyoto Favorites

    Although the spring cherry blossoms are given much more attention, Kyoto is an excellent place to visit in the autumn; the leaves are gorgeous! The leaves often last from October through early December. Generally speaking, any place that is good for cherry blossom viewing is also good for viewing the autumn leaves, because cherry trees are...

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  • castle

    Osaka Favorites

    The extensive grounds of Osaka Castle were impressive. The next night, friends took us to the top of a 7-story building with a rooftop entrance to a huge, red ferris wheel. High over the city's brightly lit, colorful streets, we saw tsuki (the moon) and Osaka Castle aglow with green lights. As in other cities during our trip, we were fascinated by...

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  • City Overview

    Tokyo Favorites

    Please note that all information written here is valid for September 2011. Due to the events of the major Earthquake roughly 200-300km north of Tokyo and the problems with the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant 240km north of Tokyo, Tokyo had experienced several effects. This is a 5th and hopefully final revision. I will probably remove this page by the...

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  • City Bus

    Kyoto Favorites

    Depending on how long you are visiting Kyoto. The most that you should stay in Kyoto is three days so you can see all the temples and not just skim it. There are so many shops to look and shrines to visit. Taking the bus is the easiest way to hop around the Kyoto area. Make sure to go to the Kyoto Station Information Center and get maps. You can...

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  • Shinsaibashi

    Osaka Favorites

    ShinshaibashiFountain display in the canal at Shinshaibashi. This place is full of happenings at night and is worth a visit. The brightly lit streets cris-crossed each others like a grid. You don't have to worry about food, shopping, entertainment, busking, pachinko, clubs, bars and RAs for adults only.

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  • Shinjuku

    Tokyo Favorites

    In my first visit to Japan, stayed at a cheap accommodation of dormitory bed at Tokyo International Hostel. Very affordable at around 2,700 yen per night then, now 3,860 yen. Open to all nationalities and age group but they do separate local from foreigners in room assignment. Nice common hot bath "ofuro" after a long day of walking. Can reserve...

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  • Kyoto Tower

    Kyoto Favorites

    The Kyoto Tower above the train station is a great landmark. There are a couple bike rental shops attached to the train station. I found a bike was a great way to see the city's sites. Visiting Kyoto you can get a glimpse how Japan used to be before it got so modern. Absolutely Beautiful!

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  • zero (empty tips)

    Osaka Favorites

    The two magazines pictured opposite are two of the most popular free papers in Japan. Both magazines are particularly useful for getting up to date listings of cinema, stage and live music awards. Japanzine is handy for people travelling throughout the country as it covers the whole of Japan and features Carisma Man, but none of us have a clue...

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  • Akihabara

    Tokyo Favorites

    again this is the main reason why we went on a soujourn to japan as my friend is an anime fan, well me i just love kawaii japanese girls hehehe. Compared with service at normal cafés, the service at cosplay cafés involves the creation of a rather different atmosphere. The staff treat the customers as masters and mistresses in a private home rather...

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  • Tour Guides

    Kyoto Favorites

    The best thing about going to Kyoto is that we got a travel guide. We went to the Tourist Information centre, located above to Isetan department store. The staff there generally speak good English. We booked a university student who was happy to be our guide for a day. Nara was wonderful. She met us the next day at the tourist information centre....

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  • Parks and Gardens

    Tokyo Favorites

    One of my favorite things about Tokyo is its many secluded Japanese fish ponds, which bring peace and nature to the urban madness. Designed with the traditional aesthetic, these pondsare intended to bring calm to one's soul, and they do. Importantly, they are all populated by monstrous koi who follow you as you walk around the pond, hoping for a...

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  • Philosopher's Path

    Kyoto Favorites

    Kyoto is a beautiful city for walking. Set out in any direction and you are bound to encounter something amazing. My family and I took a peaceful stroll along Tetsugaku-no-michi, which is also known as the Philospher's Path. It's a tree lined, narrow walkway that follows a crystal clear river in which we spotted colorful Koi fish along the way....

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  • Imperial Palace

    Tokyo Favorites

    What we call KOKYO is the palace of TENNO (Emperor) which had been the castle of Tokugawa Shogunate (1603-1868) until Tokugawa Yoshinobu declared that the Shogunate give back the government to the Emperor in 1867. The Emperor had been taken away the government after the WW2 under the national democratization. The Emperor remains living in the...

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  • Kiyomizu Temple

    Kyoto Favorites

    Pay a visit to KIYOMIZU-DERA Temple & HIEAN-JINGU Shrine. Kiyomizue-dera's main hall has a huge varenda supported on hundreds of pillars (not a single screw attached)! An amazing architectural feat! A very scenic layout and its garden (full of cherry blossom in April) attracted many religious Buddhists and tourists. Please refer to my Sakura...

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  • Facts and History

    Tokyo Favorites

    Before japan was famous (or notorious) for it's squat toilets wherein you just squat to tke a dump or pee but nowadays japan is now popularly known for its bidets and anus washes (lavatory) and it is an experience to use this bidets and *** washesas every hotel room is equipped with this high tech stuff and in public bathrooms, look for the bidet...

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  • Jidai Matsuri

    Kyoto Favorites

    Held on the 22nd of October every year, the `Jidai Matsuri Festival', or `the festival of ages' is one of the three big festivals in Kyoto and a big tourist attraction in the city. The highlight is a procession of people dressed in costumes representing people from various historical periods. the procession begins at the Imperial palace... One of...

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  • Asakusa

    Tokyo Favorites

    The Kaminarimon Gate, with it's huge hanging lantern, sits at the southern end of Nakamise, the shopping street leading to the Sensoji Temple in Asakusa. I am told that it is traditional for parents to bring their daughters here on Girls' Day.

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  • Travel Plan Examples

    Tokyo Favorites

    the number one tour company in the tokyo area, the hato bus company is an icon itself in the tokyo area hence i've made a separate things to do tip for hato bus tours here in my tokyo pages. Whether you are looking for the time-honored standbys—shrines, temples and Japanese gardens—or the more fashionable and trendy hot spots, Hato Bus Sightseeing...

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  • Theatres and Museums

    Tokyo Favorites

    The Kabuki-za on Harumi-dôri at Ginza is Japan's most famous kabuki theatre. There are performances of the unique Japanses theatre art kabuki nearly every day. Because kabuki plays are very long (mostly 4.30-9 pm), I would advise to get in the on a short-time ticket. This is done all the time, because even many Japanese are not patient enough to...

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  • Tokyo Tower

    Tokyo Favorites

    There are 2 tickets sold separately to get to the top of Tokyo Tower. The first ticket will get you to the middle section, where lots of merchants will sell you stuffs. The second ticket will get you to the observation section. The view from Tokyo Tower is magnificent. I can't describe for you, but you've to do-it-yourself. There are rubber...

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  • Harajuku & Omote Sando

    Tokyo Favorites

    This street is originally the main approach to MEIJI JINGU. Now it's considered as the fashion street behind HARAJUKU. A nice street for taking a walk, resting in some coffee shops, watching people go by.

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  • Roppongi

    Tokyo Favorites

    Go to One-eyed_Jack, a nightclub at Roppongi. They have dance shows and there is a casino, and lots of girls to have drinks with. I used to work there for a few months some time ago, and had a very good time. Take lots of money because everything in Tokyo is expensive! The nightlife is crazy! You can go on for ages. It is hard to find the best...

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  • Odaiba

    Tokyo Favorites

    On of Tokyo's newest attractions is the Rainbow Bridge that was modelled after the Brooklyn Bridge in New York. Its name comes from the fact that its color changes constantly between all the colors of the rainbow. When going to the architectural wonderland Odaiba you will either take a ferry or take the Monorail Yurikamome that runs over the bridge...

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  • Shibuya

    Tokyo Favorites

    One of the most famous things about Tokyo is the Shibuya Crossing. It's featured in Lost in Translation and probably plenty of other movies and tv shows. Although it looks really intimidating, it really isn't that bad. Cross the road and then go get a seat at Starbucks and watch other people cross the road. It's really bizarre that I am writing a...

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  • How to Post Letters / How to Withdraw...

    Tokyo Favorites

    You can exchange foreign currency for Japanese yen at banks and shops designated as "authorized money changers." They are avaialble all around tokyo. The exchange rate fluctuates daily in accordance with the money market conditions (the present rate is $ 1 = 88 yen, better than in hotel which is at $ 1 = 83 yen) Arriving in Japan without Japanese...

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